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Episcopal clergy lady at St. Martin's Church, Houston. Mother to Neil and Annie. Wife to Josh.

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    I Am Not Better Than John McCain: I Am Worse (and You Might Be Too)

    I Am Not Better Than John McCain: I Am Worse (and You Might Be Too)

    Inevitably, when a figure who is much beloved by some–but not by all–dies, we are reminded of our opinion of that person. In our current cultural moment, this also means that by God we are going to share that opinion. In its most recent iteration, the death of Senator John McCain sparked an Opinion Fest […]

    Jonathan Myrick Daniels: A Martyr with Mixed Motives

    Jonathan Myrick Daniels was an Episcopal seminarian and a Civil Rights worker. He was martyred in 1965 when he shielded 17-year-old Civil Rights worker Ruby Sales from being shot in Hayneville, Alabama. He was 26 years old.

    For those of us who work in ministry and are prone to messianic complexes, trying to save people ourselves, and who long to be the most righteous (or most moral or most prophetic or plain old loudest) ones in the room, we would honor this martyr for the Gospel by heeding his words:

    I lost fear in the black belt when I began to know in my bones and sinews that I had been truly baptized into the Lord’s death and Resurrection, that in the only sense that really matters I am already dead, and my life is hid with Christ in God.

    I began to lose self-righteousness when I discovered the extent to which my behavior was motivated by worldly desires and by the self-seeking messianism of Yankee deliverance! The point is simply, of course, that one’s motives are usually mixed, and one had better know it.

    Charlottesville and Suffering: The Best Church Retreat I Ever Did

    Charlottesville and Suffering: The Best Church Retreat I Ever Did

    Last year, in late August, we began to hear that a storm was headed for our community. They were not sure what the extent of the flooding might look like, only that it was possible. My husband and I met during Hurricane Katrina, and I did relief work in the months that followed. I knew […]

    Motherhood in an Age of Anxiety: Your Story Isn't Good Enough

    Motherhood in an Age of Anxiety: Your Story Isn’t Good Enough

    Once, some years back, our young daughter was wandering around our church campus. Like any church campus, we can have multiple things happening in a day. But on this particular day, a woman who I have never met, who does not attend our church, saw my daughter. And she decided that her mother (me) was […]

    If Your Church Doesn’t Preach the Gospel

    If Your Church Doesn’t Preach the Gospel

    This past week brought yet another wave of critique for tired preachers everywhere. Across my newsfeed was the imperative: If your pastor does not preach about these immigrant children, then you should leave your church. Well, here’s a suggestion: If your pastor does not preach the Gospel this week, then you should leave your church. […]

    On Anthony Bourdain: We Were Not Made to be Famous

    On Anthony Bourdain: We Were Not Made to be Famous

    To say that I am a big Anthony Bourdain fan would be an understatement. I love everything he ever did. When my college boyfriend declared Alton Brown more entertaining and called Bourdain “depressing,” I was like: It’s not me, it’s you. We have to break up now. I remember watching his episode of a pig […]

    Correcting Joy in Swimming Pools and Pulpits: Do Y'all Need a Hug?

    Correcting Joy in Swimming Pools and Pulpits: Do Y’all Need a Hug?

    One of my least favorite parental duties is swimming lessons. They are tedious and trying and the teachers are far too patient. When I was a kid we took swim lessons everyday for two weeks. They dumped us in the pool. We gasped for air. And then we swam. Nowadays, you take your child to […]

    Mockingbird NYC: All Such Good Works

    Mockingbird NYC: All Such Good Works

    I first saw the couple waiting in line at the airport ticketing desk. I was probably standing 25 feet away. They were elderly and Indian. The wife wore a bindi on her head, the traditional marker of marriage in Hinduism and a protection from the evil eye. Neither of them looked like they’d showered in […]

    When Compassion Hung on a Cross: Mr. Rogers, Janusz Korczak, and Other Unnecessary Miracles

    When Compassion Hung on a Cross: Mr. Rogers, Janusz Korczak, and Other Unnecessary Miracles

    Of all the questions I get in the ministry, “Why aren’t there miracles anymore?” is one that has dumbfounded me for a long time. We read the Gospels and see Jesus enacting one miracle after another. A banquet of food is made from a lunch pail. Healings come one after another. People are raised from […]

    Hopelessly Devoted: Matthew Twenty Seven Verses Three Through Five

    Hopelessly Devoted: Matthew Twenty Seven Verses Three Through Five

    When Judas, who had betrayed him, saw that Jesus was condemned, he was seized with remorse and returned the thirty pieces of silver to the chief priests and the elders. “I have sinned,” he said, “for I have betrayed innocent blood.” “What is that to us?” they replied. “That’s your responsibility.” So Judas threw the money into the […]

    From Ruth Graham: Why Imputation Parenting Books Will Never Sell

    From Ruth Graham: Why Imputation Parenting Books Will Never Sell

    Some years ago, when we had our first child, the trend of putting babies in a kind of “truth telling” onesie had begun. We got several as well meaning gifts. You know the ones. They blaze phrases like, Loud and Proud or Troublemaker in Training across an infant’s tiny chest. Interestingly, I was given many more of these for […]

    Wakanda is Where the Real Wonder Women (and Men) Live

    Wakanda is Where the Real Wonder Women (and Men) Live

    I am not a big fan of superhero movies. Blame it on my low anthropology or disdain for a predictable plotline. It’s both really. So when a big budget comic book film comes out that I am interested in, I go with gusto. Which is why I H.A.T.E.D. Wonder Woman. The whole thing made me […]